John Hodges trained in medicine and psychiatry in London, Southampton and Oxford before gravitating to neurology and becoming enamoured by neuropsychology. In 1990, he was appointed a University Lecturer in Cambridge and in 1997 became MRC Professor of Behaviour Neurology. A sabbatical in Sydney in 2002 with Glenda Halliday rekindled a love of sea, sun and surf which culminated in a move here in 2007 as ARC Federation Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neurology. He has written 500 papers on aspects of neuropsychology (especially memory and languages) and dementia, plus six books. He co-directs (with Assoc Prof Olivier Piguet) a multidisciplinary research group (Frontier) which focuses on aspects of frontotemporal dementia.